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The Next Move For Etsy Investors After The Stock's Recent Outperformance

The Next Move For Etsy Investors After The Stock's Recent Outperformance
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Shares of Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY) have surged 58 percent since July 1, versus a mere 4 percent gain in the S&P.

“[Despite this recent outperformance], we believe there is still room for numbers to improve and, therefore, think the stock continues to work,” Citi’s Mark Kelley said in a report. He maintained a Buy rating on the company, while raising the price target from $16 to $20.

Neither the acquisition of Blackbird Technologies nor the new partnership with Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU) has impacted Etsy’s shares, Kelley mentioned.

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Blackbird Acquisition

On September 19, Etsy acquired Blackbird Technologies, with an aim to enhance its search capabilities. Engagement at Etsy’s Exploratory Search rise ~10 percent, while Blackbird claims to have witnessed a 10-20 percent conversion improvement on its website. Kelley expects the acquisition to boost conversion at Etsy.

Intuit Partnership

“Etsy now offers a discounted rate on QuickBooks Self-Employed (U.S. and U.K.), which is immaterial at this point, but is a clear indication that the company continues to look for ways to ease seller paint points,” the analyst wrote.

The EPS estimates for 2016, 2017 and 2018 have been raised from $0.06 to $0.08, from $0.17 to $0.30 and from $0.37 to $0.50, respectively.

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Latest Ratings for ETSY

Sep 2017DA DavidsonInitiates Coverage OnBuy
Jul 2017Morgan StanleyMaintainsEqual-Weight
May 2017CitigroupDowngradesBuyNeutral

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